Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I’m sorry I missed last week while on vacation, but I truly lost track of the days of the week during our week away.

We had a great time resting up before the school year begins on Monday. We’ve actually had a very full summer with little joys that make beginning a new school year a little more palatable. It’s important to enter the new year with a full tank, don’t you agree?

I’m still editing some of our vacation images, but here are 3 that I’ve had time to fiddle with.

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I did way better using Instagram for capturing most of our adventures. I’m always scared to bring my dSLR to the pool or beach. I’m looking into getting waterproof housing for the next trip.

In other news…this week will be our last Little Things Thursday… While I’m really sad to let it go, it is time. It’s been a great 4 years hosting this linky and I have come to adore so many of you who faithfully join in each week. I’m still going to blog, but I’m realizing that having set themes to shoot for, set days to post and link, and such is getting harder and harder for me to keep up with. I want to be fair to all of you and I feel badly that I haven’t been able to link up with some of you hosting your own parties. Without hosting my own party, I may be able to join in more.

I have been agonizing over this decision for about 6 months, but was unwilling to throw up the white flag because I have enjoyed this highlight of the week so much. However, my kiddos are getting older and their needs, surprisingly, are increasing.  There are way more carpool trips and activities than ever. With one child just 3 short years away from college, I need to focus on getting her ready to launch. Also, because of college, I need to spend time growing my photography biz to help support those college fees. The two boys are homeschooling at 4th to 6th grade levels which can also require a lot of me and them.  The writing has been on the wall for awhile, but I was too stubborn to accept what I saw. I’m finally accepting the limitations before me and the end of summer just feels like a nice time to wrap things up.

So, while I still intend to blog, it has to be organic by fitting in with the rhythm of our days. I’ve blogged 10+ years now, and this blog feels like a sacred journal of sorts, so I’m not ready to give it up just yet!

I’m so thankful for micro-blogging tools like Instagram that does help me stay connected with many of you who truly have become dear to me over the years. I’ll still be keeping up with you in all formats that I can.

Thank you all for the amazing support you have given to me and this linky over the years. I’m truly grateful for your friendships, inspiring posts and work!

I do have some fun stuff coming up this fall, so I hope to still see you around the blogosphere, IG, and other places!

**edit** Tamar of Random-osity has graciously agreed to continue hosting Little Things Thursday over on her blog! So, please join her next week and let’s keep this party going. Thank you Tamar!

For one last time, let’s link up below…


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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I finally was able to transfer some of my photos from my laptop to my regular desktop PC. Thanks to Gina for reminding me that I could just use a USB drive! I was over-complicating the situation, which I’m prone to do when tired.

So, today I’m sharing just a few more of the cute faces of Cherokee from our trip.

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Until next year little friends…

So, how’s your little portion of the world this week?


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Little Things Thursday

What a week for us all here in the U.S. of A. I’m sure many of you are as heavy- hearted and discouraged as I am this week with all the tragedies unfolding out of Orlando this week. Perhaps more than ever we need our Little Things this week to remind us that even in an ugly world, there are still good things to be found. Grace is still keeping us. We really need to put on our grace googles going forward, I think. It is so easy to get bogged down in this broken world, but I think we need to do a better job of lighting the way through the darkness for others.

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To that end, a few nice things this week.

  1. Rain. Though this caused a session reschedule, we really needed a good soaking rain.
  2. Making memories for families. The gift of portraits is so important and I love that I am able to design some beautiful memories for others.
  3. Good food. Summer is such a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh bounties of the earth. God is good.
  4. My first Erin Condren planner arrived. The search for a great tool for staying on top of life is quite a feat. I’m excited to try out this planner for the rest of this year and all of next. So far, in my few hours of exploring it, I am enjoying the fun design, colors, and functionality. I can reduce the number of sticky notes floating around my office, though I still love those, too. Interested in trying your own EC Planner? You can get a $10 discount with my referral code. You get $10 and I get $10!

 

What’s your little thing this week?


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Little Things Thursday

Happy Little Things Thursday! Hope you guys are having a great week. The weather is looking up here as we finally hit the 80’s and I think those temps may be here to stay!

In other words…basically summer. I couldn’t be happier about that.

In summer’s honor, beach photographs!

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I love these idyllic images that I can go back to when I need a little escape from reality, which may not be too far off in the end of the school year rush. 4 weeks til summer!

What are you shooting this week?


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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday, where we share our little moments of life through image and words. This week has been all about catching up and getting back into routines since spring break. Needless to say, I’m behind on last week’s blog entries. But. I will be going back to visit soon!

I still have a slew of photographs to edit this weekend from our trip. I’m looking forward to revisiting those shots because it has been gray and chilly here most of the week. Warm, sunny beaches are far better, in my opinion.

I’ve edited just one personal photograph.

Our family had just visited a replica exhibit on the water of the ships Nina and Pinta. We were surprised at how small they actually were. Afterwards, we drove over to Peace River Wildlife Center and found these mangroves. It’s funny because these beaches are what I would expect Columbus an his gang to wash up on. They just have that look. Or maybe caskets of rum and pirates, whichever.

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The mangroves and quite beach nooks were serene and so enjoyable to explore. I have several photographs from our walk through this area, coming up soon!

How’s your week been?


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Little Things Thursday

I’ve been getting a little antsy to get out and shoot lately. The dull weather hasn’t been a great friend, but I decided to just get out and make something happen. I grabbed my reliable model, dressed him quickly, and headed out to a local little patch of growth. Inspired by a Netflix show, The Monarch of the Glen, I channeled a little Scottish Highland vibe, which is also a nod to the Clan Cunningham from which we hail!

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This didn’t require loads of time, but was merely putting a boy in the woods and telling him to be himself. The hot tea thermos was an added perk.  Every good Scotsman takes his tea.

Just don’t tell him it was Lady Grey.

What’s inspiring you this week?


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Serenbe Part 1

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…

This year I’m on a quest to recreate more.  It seems that duty of life can take all of life if one is not careful. And I’m often not careful to guard my own tank.

As a creative, I am seeing more and more that recreation is one of the timbers in the fire of art. So, we scooped up the kids on Saturday and headed to Serenbe.

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Serenbe is a small community in the Chattahoochee Foothills where farm, eco-living meets creative arts. I guess. I’m not sure how to describe it. You have to experience it.

At The Farmhouse and Inn we found an in-ground trampoline where we stopped for a jump before heading to see the animals.

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We found some gorgeous hens and roosters.

And then the goats came out of their pens for a visit. Yep, some are just roaming around to the delight of my kids! No pun intended.

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Everyone now wants goats.

This old gal showed up to butt in.

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We found a couple llamas. This guy/girl, was pretty aloof and kept giving us the side-eye. But…we weren’t put off.

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Hey, ya got a little something in your teeth.

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As we continued on, we stumbled upon an awesome rock maze. After achieving victory, I had them all pose for their album cover.

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We headed off to the next part of Serenbe just a short walk down the dirt road. I’ll share about that next time!

This January day in Georgia was good to us.

Linking with Random-osity, Songography, Black and White Wednesday.

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Little Things Thursday

We had an exciting milestone last Friday.  Gracyn had her first formal evening of high school!

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The school she attends has an English Country Dance Society. Doesn’t that sound so chic?

The girls donned long gowns and the guys wore their best suits. In other words, the girls spent all day getting ready and the boys got ready in 10 minutes with suits already in the closet.

During the beginning of the year, the school holds practice dances where the kids learn to dance English Country Style (think Jane Austen), The Waltz, a bit of Swing, The Virginia Reel, and others. I sure do value the way they learn to dance the old society way versus modern culture’s idea of dancing. I mean, modern dancing has it’s place, but many kids grow up without learning to dance for grown up events.

The girls are learning to wait to be asked to dance, and to graciously accept requests.  Except for that one Sadie Hawkins number they like to mortify the girls with, occasionally.

Call me old fashioned, but I love when men are called upon to step up and pursue. This is something that I am emphasizing in our home, even though it isn’t necessarily a value of today’s culture. Equally, I was thrilled that most of the kids did not go with a particular date, so that they could have the experience of dancing with more than one person.  I just kind of love that idea.

The final report of the evening was good, even though the girls did hide during some of the harder dances. Not an ankle was twisted, so all’s well that ended well.

Let’s hear about your week!


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Little Things Thursday

Is it New Year’s Eve already? 2015 has blown by. I feel as if I’m still catching my breath for this year that was.

I know it is time for all our resolutions and Word of the Year stuff. This year, I’m not really doing that. I love goals, don’t get me wrong.  I just think that I’m still learning last year’s lessons. I’ll adjust my sails accordingly, but I think I’m going to camp out awhile on last year’s resolution to pause to enjoy life and to follow God as He continues the work He has begun in me this year. I found 2015 to be a rather difficult year, but gosh did I learn! I think I’ll always struggle with the same old things, but I gained a fresh perspective on moving forward.

Some things haven’t changed.  I still love doing this.

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In 2015, I picked up the expensive film habit. Though the above is my trusted DSLR. The film bit is just for me, at present. I love the freedom to please myself with my work.  I love the way it allows me to be in a moment.  I love the way it teaches me to be a better photographer by both my successes and failures such as getting a whole roll of blank black and white film back from the lab because I didn’t load properly. I’m still grieving those shots.

I’m continuing on in my business. I’m expanding my circles and seeking to connect with those who truly value photography from click to finished product.

I’m going to shoot knowing that not everyone will like what I shoot. That I’ll be compared, critiqued, and ignored.  And that is okay. It’s kind of the artist way, isn’t it? I won’t let opinion paralyze me.

Hey, look. I guess I made a few resolutions after all. And I resolve to try harder to blog more in 2016.  The last half of 2015 just could not be kept up with. But I resolve to live to create, not create to live. Some of you really inspire that notion in me. So thank you for that!

Happy New Year Y’all! I look forward to genuine connections in this coming year! Thank you for joining me each week for Little Things Thursday!


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Little Things Thursday

I’m so thankful that some film scans came in late Tuesday night or I would have been in serious pickle for today. Outside of my professional work I have been on a film jag. I think it is due to being free to capture and not run to the computer to edit.  After portrait season, I just can’t muster up much energy to edit my own stuff.

When my scans come in, my initial reaction is always a bit crestfallen.  I remind myself, “This is not digital! It isn’t supposed to look like digital!” The next viewing is always seen in a new light. Someone asked me last week ,with a snicker in their eye, why I would bother with film when an SD card holds so many images. That’s it exactly. The answer is shooting with focus and intent. Film forces you to correct in camera instead of out, which is what you should be doing regardless of technology.

Since my middle turned 11 this past week, I’m highlighting his scans.

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These were a bit more muted than I like. Same film stock as above, but captured on dull days.

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All images shown are taken on my Minolta SRT 101 using Kodak Portra 400 film stock rated @200. Images were developed and scanned by The Findlab on Noritsu.

I love Portra 400, and I’m discovering that I love it more on a sunny day. I had about 10 keepers on this roll. My shutter got sticky and I lost 10 frames.  Totally blank frames. A couple of misfires rounded out the roll. “Hey, why is there a frame of my window blinds?” How was your week and Thanksgiving?


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